Below are a few of the services and treatments we offer our patients. Should you ever have any questions, don't hesitate to ask. We're committed to helping our patients make informed decisions about their oral health needs.

At the conclusion of any procedure, you will receive care instructions and have the opportunity to ask any questions. Good oral hygiene practices and regular dental visits will aid in the life of all treatments and restorations.


Cleanings and Treatment of Gum Disease

Tooth-Colored (Composite Resin) Fillings and Bonding
Tooth Whitening
Crowns (Caps) and Porcelain Veneers
Bridges, Partials, & Dentures
Root Canal Therapy
Extractions


 

Cleanings and Treatment of Gum Disease

First step in keeping your smile beautiful is to make sure your teeth and gums are healthy. We offer comprehensive new patient exams, as well as routine exams at cleaning appointments. We recommend having your teeth cleaned at least every 6 months.

Unfortunately, gum disease (periodontal disease) is a major cause of tooth loss that can cause several serious health problems if left untreated. Periodontal disease is caused by excess plaque buildup, which can harbor toxic bacteria that attack your gums. Generally, gum tissue affected by periodontal disease is swollen, red, and more prone to bleeding than healthy gum tissue. If you are seeing any of these signs, we highly recommend that you visit us. If periodontal disease is detected and treated early, we can help you reverse the damage and regain healthy gums. For those with advanced periodontal disease who are threatened with tooth loss (or who have already lost teeth), we also offer a variety of procedures that can bring back health and beauty to your smile.

Emergency Exams

Do you have a toothache, or does something not feel right? We offer same day appointments and always welcome emergency patients. Often times, we can even provide treatment while you are here.

Tooth-Colored (Composite Resin) Fillings and Bonding

Similar in color and texture to natural teeth, tooth-colored fillings are less noticeable, and much more attractive, than other types of fillings. Tooth-colored fillings are made from durable plastics called composite resins. Since they are tooth-colored and match the shade of your natural teeth, they look more natural than other filling materials does. You'll be able to smile, talk, and eat with confidence.

Chipped, misaligned, stained, or cracked teeth can be quickly and easily be fixed with dental bonding. During the dental bonding process, the dentist uses a durable, tooth-colored composite resin to fill cracks and gaps, reshape teeth, and conceal stains to restore your smile's natural beauty. After applying thin layers of the bonding material to the area, the resin is cured using a specialized lamp this hardens the resin for strong, long-lasting results. Resin is custom tinted to match the exact shade of your teeth, the results are excellent, and the dental bonding is virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth. The versatility of dental bonding is unsurpassed, and compared to other cosmetic procedures; the cost is relatively economical. When you come in we can discuss improvements we can make to your smile with bonding and inform you of the results you can expect to see.

 

Tooth Whitening

The number one aesthetic concern of most patients is having whiter teeth. Tooth whitening, or bleaching, is a treatment used to whiten tooth enamel and enhance the natural beauty of your smile.

Since tooth whitening only works on natural tooth enamel, replacement of any restorations (old fillings, crowns) will be done after bleaching so they match the bleached teeth. A touch-up may be needed every few years, and more often if you smoke, drink coffee, or take tooth-discoloring medications.

This type of tooth whitening usually requires two visits. During your first appointment, molds will be made of your teeth to fabricate custom, clear plastic trays.

During your second appointment, the trays will be fitted and adjustments will be made if necessary. Depending on the degree of discoloration and desired level of whitening, the trays are worn with special whitening solution for a couple of weeks--either twice a day for 30 minutes or overnight. It is normal to experience tooth sensitivity during this time, but it will subside shortly after you have stopped the whitening process.

Crowns (Caps) and Porcelain Veneers

Also called caps, crowns, usually made of porcelain, are durable ceramic restorations that completely cover individual teeth to conceal cracked decayed, discolored, injured, or chipped teeth? Crowns not only enhance the appearance of the teeth, but also provide added support to structurally deficient teeth.

Applying Porcelain Crowns

In order to apply a crown, the dentist first removes any decay and reduces the size of the tooth to accommodate the crown. Then, an impression of the tooth is taken and a temporary crown is placed over the tooth body while the porcelain crown is being crafted. When the new porcelain crown is ready, the dentist fits the crown over the top of the tooth and cements it securely into place. With proper care, your new crown should remain stain-free and last long into the future.

Porcelain Crowns vs. Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain crowns are created using the finest porcelain materials, the results are incredibly natural. Ultimately, crowns can enhance the overall appearance of your smile, improve the health of your mouth and bite, and strengthen tooth structure. If you are interested in achieving strictly cosmetic benefits from porcelain crowns you may want to explore porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers offer the same cosmetic benefits as porcelain crowns; however, they are in some cases more versatile, and require less of the tooth body to be removed before placement.

A crown encases the entire tooth surface to restore it to its original size and shape. It strengthens and protects the tooth structure when it cannot be restored with fillings or other types of restorations.

Although there are several types of crowns, porcelain crowns are the most popular. Porcelain crowns are made to match the shape, size, and color of your teeth giving you a natural, beautiful smile. Crowns are very durable and will last many years.

Bridges

A fixed dental bridge is a non-removable appliance often used to replace missing teeth. The traditional bridge is usually made of porcelain fused to metal. It consists of two crowns that go over two anchoring teeth and are attached to artificial teeth, filling the gap created by one or more missing teeth.

Dental bridges are highly durable and will last many years. They may, however, need to be re-cemented or replaced after some time.

Reasons for a Bridge:

  • Fill the space of missing teeth
  • Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position
  • Maintain facial shape
  • Restore chewing and speaking ability
  • Upgrade from a removable partial denture to a permanent appliance

At least two appointments are usually necessary for a bridge procedure. During the first visit, the two anchoring teeth are prepared by removing a portion of enamel to allow space for the crown. Next, a mold is made for the custom bridge. You will also be fitted with a temporary bridge, which you will wear for several weeks until your next appointment.

At the second visit, you permanent bridge will be carefully adjusted and cemented to fit perfectly. Sometimes the bridge is temporarily cemented so that your teeth and tissue have time to adapt to the appliance. In these cases, the new bridge will be permanently cemented during another visit.

 

Root Canal Therapy

When the nerve of a tooth is affected by decay or infection, root canal therapy is needed to save the tooth.  This involves removing bacteria and any decay, and then filling the resulting space with special medicated materials which restore the tooth to its full function.

Having a root canal on a tooth is the preferred option for salvaging a tooth that would otherwise die and require removal. Root canal treatment is highly successful and usually lasts a lifetime, although on occasion, a tooth will have to be retreated due to new infections.

Reasons to have a root canal:

  • Decay has reached the tooth pulp (the living tissue inside the tooth)
  • Infection in the tooth or at the root tip
  • Cracked or fractured tooth
  • Trauma to the tooth

Although sometimes no symptoms are present, here are some possible signs you might need a root canal:

  • Severe toothache
  • Hot/cold sensitivity
  • Swelling and/or tenderness
  • An abscess on the gums
  • Pain when chewing
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